Quacker Jacks

  • 1 c peanuts
  • 2 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 lb Butter
  • 1/2 c light corn syrup
  • 5 c popped corn
  • 1/2 ts baking soda

Mix nuts with corn. Melt butter and sugar and syrup. When melted add baking powder then pour over corn and mix.

Spread the popcorn on the Release foil or parchment paper and when it cools, viola - Quacker Jacks!

Serves 6

Source: The Donahue Show with special guest Gloria Pitzer, The Recipe Detective.

About Cracker Jacks®


It was 1893 when a unique popcorn, peanuts and molasses confection was introduced by F.W. Rueckheim and Brother, at Chicago's first World's Fair - the World's Columbian Exposition.

Three years later, Louis Rueckheim, F.W.'s brother and partner, discovered the process for keeping the molasses-covered popcorn morsels from sticking together. The story goes that he gave the treat to a salesman who exclaimed, "That's crackerjack!" and F.W. Rueckheim trademarked those two words and an industry was born.

The 1908 song by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" immortalized the product in their third line, "Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack." But it may have been the introduction of the "Prize in Every Box" in 1912 that made it the big hit with kids across the nation.

For a complete history of this amazing product, vist It has a variety of features including information on Frito Lay as well as links to their entire line of other snack foods. Each of which has been a big hit with families everywhere.